Europe has been in crisis mode for almost a decade. We are nearing the 10th anniversary of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, and the EU is still struggling with high levels of public debt and chronic unemployment. In many countries, public anger is at boiling point and far-right politicians are blaming the lack of jobs on immigrants and ethnic minorities.
What would a post-crisis Europe even look like? Is the rise of populist parties a sign that democracy is working? Or is democracy not delivering what people want? How can we finally move beyond the current crisis and restore hope and optimism for change?
Debating Europe, in partnership with the Open Society Foundations, has been asking Europeans to share their thoughts and comments in a series of online debates titled ‘Changing the Politics of Fear’. We have been approaching politicians, economists, academics, and activists to respond to the fears of our audience, and to engage them in a debate.
Join the debates!